Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Music Monday: The Happy Fits

It is #MusicMonday and #HipNJ is here to tell you about The Happy Fits, a new indie-rock band with an alternative flair from the Garden State.

Calvin Langman – Vocals, Cello

Luke Davis – Drummer

Ross Monteith – Vocals, Guitar

Although they went to the same high school, the band mates didn’t know each other until they heard from friends that they all played music and were looking to start a band.  What started off as playing cover songs turned into writing original music and playing concerts across Jersey.

After uploading music to Spotify for friends and family, The Happy Fits were discovered by their now manager, who scored them a spot on the “Fresh Finds” playlist.

Be on the lookout for their upcoming album, which is set to be released in February. In the meantime, you can listen to their songs on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Bandcamp, and Amazon

Check out their studio interview and their performance of their original song  “While You Fade Away” above.

To learn more, click here.

Coffee with Marci

“Coffee with Marci”

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chats with Marci Hopkins of Coffee with Marci about her exciting online, Bergen County-centric show! This Facebook-based talk show gives entrepreneurs and non-profits a voice they otherwise wouldn’t have in an ever-shrinking marketplace.

“My mission is to empower and inspire,” says Marci.

We at #HipNJ are excited to welcome Marci into our extended family and look forward to helping her spread the good works of Garden State movers and shakers!

For more information, visit MarciHopkins.com and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Peter Ferriero

Peter Ferriero of “The Price of Fame”

We got the chance to sit down with Peter Ferriero, the talented director and co-producer of new documentary film “The Price of Fame” that chronicles the life and challenges that fame brought to pro-wrestling legend and “Million Dollar Man” himself, Ted Dibiase. The film contains the sort of intimate interviews with Dibiase and his family members that are sure to draw in even audience members who may not have been familiar with the wrestler during his prime with the WWE.

Ferreiro’s film was picked up by Fathom Events and is going to be playing in 650 theatres nationwide – no small feat for what started out as a small passion project for this lifetime wrestling fan. The question of “What happened to all the old wrestlers that I grew up watching?” lead Ferreiro into developing a friendship with Ted Dibiase that turned into the opportunity to create a documentary of his life. Just like many great films, this one was years in the making. Ferreiro expressed is gratitude to all the initial support he received from the film’s start on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter a few years back. Independent filmmaking is not easy by any means, but Ferreiro is a perfect example of what passion coupled with hard work and dedication can lead to.

Ferreiro’s film can be seen across the country on Tuesday November 7th. Check it out at the Garden State Plaza AMC and maybe you’ll run into the director himself!

Check out the interview below:

For more information on the film click here.